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‘Pass The Pinwheel’ Raises Awareness, Funds For Child Abuse Prevention

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is planting a pinwheel garden outside City Hall to help raise awareness of child abuse during April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The department’s fundraising goal for the Ralston House Pinwheel project is $60,000, and the $5 sales of individual pinwheels go to support the services Ralston House provides children and their families.

“Bright blue pinwheels are a symbol of child abuse prevention awareness across the nation and serve as a beacon of hope for children, youth and adult survivors of child abuse in our community,” said Detective Cheri Ells. “Anyone who wants to support this month’s fundraising for Ralston House can stop by City Hall to make a $5 donation and receive a pinwheel or go online.”

Community members are also encouraged to use the hashtag #PassthePinwheel in social media posts and to change their Facebook profile picture to one taken with a pinwheel to help raise awareness and funds.

To donate online or more information visit www.ralstonhouse.net/child-abuse-prevention-month.

Missed The Wheat Ridge State of the City Presentation? Summary Available Online

Wheat Ridge City Manager Patrick Goff gave the annual State of the City presentation to the Wheat Ridge Business Association in early April, setting out the priorities and expected progress in development for the coming year.

  If you missed it, you can get an outline of the city’s priority projects and development in the works through a PowerPoint presentation available on the city’s website, at www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/121/City-Manager – click on the “State of the City Presentation” link in the last paragraph.

  The city’s “priority strategies” for 2018 are: to update the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS); develop an I-70/Kipling Corridor strategy to address crime, aesthetics, and redevelopment opportunities; finalize design for 38th Ave streetscape; work with CDOT to prioritize I-70/Kipling improvements; and set a policy on “shared housing.”

  Outlines and artist renderings of developments around Ward Station, the terminus of the G Line, are included in the presentation.

  An update on the four projects funded by the city’s voter-approved “Investing 4 the Future” initiative is also included.

Free Resource Fair For Older Adults And Caregivers April 27 At Lutheran

Experts from Seniors Resource Center, Lutheran Medical Center and other local nonprofits will provide a morning of free health screenings, health and safety assessments, resource booths and educational talks in “Aging Together,” a resource fair for older adults and caregivers. The free event takes place Friday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon at Lutheran Medical Center, 2nd Floor Balcony, 8300 W. 38th Ave.

The fair will provide valuable information to help seniors and caregivers find what they need today and plan for the years ahead.

Panel discussions include “Aging at Home: Options for You & Your Loved One,” from 9:15 to 10 a.m.; and “Taking Control of Your Health: Important Screenings You Need to Know About,” from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

The event is free, but registration is required: call 303-689-4595 or visit www.SeniorResourceFair.org.

Police, DEA, Lutheran Medical Host Drug Take-Back Event, April 28

Here’s an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs: On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., pills and patches can be dropped off for disposal at Lutheran Medical Center’s main entrance at 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

Presented by Wheat Ridge Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” said Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan. “We are proud to work with the DEA to bring this important event to our community twice a year to help keep out-of-date and unused medications from being misused and from contaminating our water system.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

‘Murder, She Writes!’ Benefits Library Foundation, April 27

Former local investigative journalist Paula Woodward’s in-depth account of events surrounding the JonBenét Ramsey murder case will be the focal point of “Murder, She Writes!” a fundraising luncheon and audience-interactive conversation hosted by the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Woodward is the author of “We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey, Twenty Years Later,” unveiling the evidence, interviews and police reports – including details she claims the crime-scene investigators missed.

The benefit will be held on Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Club at Rolling Hills, 15707 W. 26th Ave., Golden.

Tickets are $65, and Woodward’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the luncheon.

Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson County Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting Jefferson County Public Library programs and events, such as Summer Reading, Early Childhood Literacy and STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities.

Seating is limited. Purchase tickets through April 23 at www.jeffcolibraryfoundation.org. For more information, call 303-403-5075.

Community Wellness Fair April 28

The Rotary Club of Golden has organized a Community Wellness Fair to be held at Golden High School, 701 24th St., on Saturday, April 28, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair provides resources for children and teens who are dealing with mental health issues, particularly within their own family, as well as anyone interested in learning more about mental well-being.

Twelve classes, designed for both children and parents, will be presented by mental health professionals on subjects such as anxiety, bullying and substance abuse. The Fair also includes a keynote address and presentation by J.C. Jackman, a showing of the Disney film “Inside Out,” food, entertainment, games and prizes.

For more information, visit goldenrotary.org/fair.

‘Meet Your Farmer’ Potluck and More At Four Seasons Market

Four Seasons Market, 7043 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, will offer a variety of workshops and events in the coming weeks.

Learn about the future of farming in the “Meet Your Farmer” panel, potluck and community conversation on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 2 p.m. A panel of Colorado farmers, both rural and urban, will share why they farm, about their farms, their land stewardship, their production techniques, the challenges they face as farmers, and innovations and changes on their farms. Bring a dish to share for the potluck, and stay for conversation with the farmers over dessert.

Panelists include Wheat Ridge’s Sarah Tamura, Ikigai Farm LLC; Jonathan Rodrigues, UPDIG Farm + Pop.up Grocer, Denver; Margaret Barkey, Colorado Wise Acres Farm, Ft. Lupton; Jeni Nagle, Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss; Roberto Meza, Emerald Gardens, Broomfield; Leda Viart, Harvest Acres Farm, Bennett; and Roy Pfalzgraff, Pfz Farms, Haxtun.

The following Saturday, April 28, is Kids Activity Day, featuring a 10 a.m. reading of “The Hungry Honeybee” by author Jessica Goldstrom of The Bees Waggle (free, but RSVP on Eventbrite) and a 11:30 a.m. Microgreens workshop for kids with Emerald Gardens ($12 per child/teenager plus $2.72 Eventbrite fee, limited to 20). Parents/guardians should plan to be in the market while their children are attending activities.

On Sunday, April 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., create an organic body scrub while sipping complimentary wine or beer in “Make Your Own Organic Body Scrub.” Seats are limited, tickets $30; register on Eventbrite or stop by Four Seasons Market.

The Spring Bee and Honey Festival will take place Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Spring Bee and Honey Festival at Four Seasons Celebrate bees, beekeeping, pollinators of all kinds and – of course – honey. Learn about beekeeping, setting up hives, and how to help pollinators thrive.

For more information, visit www.fourseasonsfam.com or call 720-560-6648.